Firm Profile > Jones Day > Brisbane, Australia

Jones Day
WATERFRONT PLACE
LEVEL 28, 1 EAGLE STREET
BRISBANE, QLD 4000
Australia

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Drawing on its four Australian office as well as the firm’s international presence, the global disputes team at Jones Day is able to conduct both national and cross-border litigation. It is adept at handling class actions, general litigation, Royal Commissions and test cases. John Emmerig leads the national team from the Sydney office, whilst Tim L’Estrange leads the Melbourne practice. Sydney-based Holly Sara is a name of note in the corporate disputes arena. Defamation and IP litigator Michael Lundberg joined the Perth team in 2021 from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of complex disputes and ability to resolve these in unusual circumstances.’

‘A mix of experience and youthful energy. All very good at their job, and commercial at the same time. Their Agility Leadership series is best in market, being able to draw on relevant and interesting speakers from their partner group around the world.’

‘They deal with complex matters and are comfortable in doing so. They listen and come up with commercial solutions.’

‘Tim L’Estrange is a top-notch lawyer with great technical skills and commercial acumen.’

‘John Emmerig, Holly Sara and Tim L’Estrange are all highly experienced litigators and have exceptional judgment.’

‘The people at Jones Day are exceptional, knowledgeable, and able to turn around the most obscure work given to them in the most expeditious manner possible. They never provide anything less than absolutely outstanding customer service.’

‘An outstanding team. They are first class – great depth in the team and a seamless truly global practice. John Cooper is one of the best partners I have dealt with.’

Australia > Capital markets Tier 3

The experienced equity capital markets team at Jones Day utilises its skill sets to advise underwriters and issuers on a broad spectrum of issues including IPOs, Tier 1 capital raisings, rights issuances, stapled securities, hybrids and structured products. Headed up by Shannon Finch in the Sydney office and also fielding Isaac West in Brisbane, the group’s client roster includes SSR Mining and GetSwift Limited and spans the retail, health, pharmaceuticals, technology and energy and resources sectors.

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Queensland Investment Corporation

Access Innovation Holdings Limited

SSR Mining Inc

Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd.

GetSwift Limited

Ord Minnett Limited

ICM Group

Sheffield Resources Ltd

MAAS Group Holdings Limited

Orocobre Limited

Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

Jones Day has expanded its competition team with the arrival of experienced Melbourne-based practitioner Matthew Bull from Herbert Smith Freehills in 2020, bolstering the team, which includes former ACCC officer Prudence Smith in Sydney and offers strong expertise in domestic and international merger control proceedings. The firm regularly works on the Australian elements of large-scale mergers, collaborating with its leading US offices, and counts a variety of major corporates and investment funds among its clients.

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‘The quality of Jones Day lawyers I work with is extremely high. That are technically superb and highly motivated. They are sensitive to the commercial needs of clients. One of the strengths of Jones Day is teamwork among the lawyers who work on a particular matter.’

‘Prudence Smith is the leading competition law partner at Jones Day. She has a great understanding of the regulatory environment in Australia having spent many years at the ACCC before going into private practice. She’s very informed, has good technical skills and great contacts.’

‘Jones Day has built up a significant reputation in Australia in a short space of time. It came with a great depth of knowledge and experience from its overseas offices and has developed rapidly by picking up some established heavyweights and rising stars in most of the key cities around the country. It has a particular culture of client service that is built around having partners with good technical skills who are very attuned to the need to understand the client’s business and keeping up a high level of client communication.’

‘Exceptionally talented individuals.’

‘Matthew Bull is a super bright operator with an extensive understanding of markets and how the ACCC operates.’

Key clients

Cyrus Capital Partners

Bombardier Inc.

PRP Diagnostic Imaging

Tassal Group Limited

Australia > Intellectual property Tier 3

The highly competent IP team at global firm Jones Day is based in Melbourne and Sydney with Lisa Taliadoros heading the practice. Patent litigation is a particular specialism of the team, as are trade mark-related mandates, with most of the team having scientific qualifications, benefitting its many clients in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology arenas. Patent litigator Anthony Muratore is also of note in these areas as well as mechanical engineering and information technology.

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‘Jones Day is a major international law firm with a strong reputation, including in relation to major intellectual property litigation. In Australia, their Sydney and Melbourne offices have a very prominent intellectual property practice, led by Lisa Taliadoros (Melbourne) and Anthony Muratore (Sydney). Among other areas, they are prominent in pharmaceutical and life sciences patent litigation and have conducted a number of recent major cases in that area. I have had experience working with and against them, as a barrister briefed in such cases, and their matters are always very well run and their work is of a consistently high standard. They are among the leaders in this area in Australia.’

‘Lisa Taliadoris (partner, Melbourne) and Anthony Muratore (Sydney) are the leaders of Jones Day’s intellectual property practice in Australia. They have an excellent grasp of the law in this area, particularly in relation to patent litigation in my experience. They also have a detailed knowledge of the technical aspects and regulatory regimes that are relevant to pharmaceutical and life-sciences’ patent litigation. To my observation, they always take steps to familiarise themselves with the technical and scientific aspects of matters in which they are involved, as well as the legal aspects. They think strategically. Their matters are always well run and the evidence well prepared. They have been involved in numerous prominent and significant intellectual property litigation matters in Australia over the years, both at first instance and on appeal, including in the High Court (Australia’s highest Court). They provide top tier service to their clients.’

‘Dedication, exceptional knowledge of the law, sophisticated understanding of tactics and very strong science in life sciences.’

‘Lisa Taliadoris and Anthony Muratore and dedicated, quick thinking, strategic and a deep understanding of the law.’

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Celgene Corporation

Bristol Myers Squibb

ToolGen

Sanofi

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Merck

PRP Diagnostic Imaging

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Jones Day advises on domestic and cross-border restructurings and bankruptcies, working in close collaboration with its wider Australian and global teams, and offering particular expertise in Chapter 15 proceedings, allowing clients to gain US-based relief in Australia. The team is led by the highly experienced Roger Dobson, who plays a key role in many of the firm’s high-profile mandates and has been involved in key restructurings throughout his career. Katie Higgins is active in debt financing transactions, advising corporates, insolvency practitioners and funds.

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The Insurance Commission of Western Australia and the Western Australia State Solicitors Office

Queensland Investment Corporation

Cyrus Capital Partners

Avior Consulting Pty Ltd

Australia > Tax Tier 3

Led by specialist tax litigator Niv Tadmore, the team at Jones Day works with major domestic companies and a number of multinational clients on high-level tax litigation, regularly working with and against the Australian Tax Office. The team has significant sector expertise and is attuned to regulatory changes within the tax space, and also advises on front-end issues relating to M&A taxation. Other key members of the team include Simon Bowden, Lauren Moses and senior associate Alexandra Frazer. All lawyers are in Sydney.

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‘Jones Day’s tax team has a strong focus on international tax litigation, particularly in relation to cross-border issues such as transfer pricing. Their technical skills with respect to tax and civil procedure are excellent, but what really sets them apart is probably the strategic aspects of their offering – in particular, their ability to negotiate settlement outcomes.’

‘The partner who leads the practice, Niv Tadmore, is well respected and has deep connections within the ATO, which gives him very good access to decision makers to advocate on behalf of his clients. He can be very tenacious in pursuing negotiations, but does so in a respectful way that maintains good relations with ATO officials. He is also remarkably good at some “outside the box” thinking when it comes to devising settlement offers, framing them in a way that best achieves the objectives of both parties.’

‘Niv Tadmore leads a team of high performing individuals who consistently produce exceptional work. Team members are not afraid to challenge and contribute their own opinions.’

Australia > Construction Tier 4

Jones Day's group specialises in large-scale procurement, development and infrastructure projects, advising on structuring, greenfield development, equity disposals and related disputes. John Cooper leads the practice, utilising his contentious and non-contentious experience to provide clients with a full-service offering.

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John Cooper

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Very easy to deal with on a personal level. Deep knowledge of construction law and litigation practice.’ 

‘John Cooper is an absolutely fantastic practitioner. First class.’ 

Key clients

Fluor Corporation

DRA Global Limited

John Dee Warwick Pty Limited

Ausenco Limited

Transurban Queensland

Jacfin Pty Limited

G&S Engineering

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Jones Day focuses on cross-border transactions, with particular strength in the energy and resources, private equity, technology and real estate spaces, working with corporates and investment funds, including REITs, on a combination of mid-market and large-cap deals. The team is led by experienced dealmaker Mark Crean, with Shannon Finch also active in M&A and capital markets transactions. Hemang Shah has a strong track record in both public and private M&A, while Brisbane’s of counsel Benny Sham  plays a key role in broad corporate, commercial and transactional work. Counsel Matthew Latham specialises in private equity transactions. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

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‘Strong M&A practice.’

‘Mark Crean leads Jones Day’s Australian M&A team. Mark is renowned in M&A circles and has a track record of successfully leading complex cross border and domestic deals across a range of sectors.’

Key clients

Queensland Investment Corporation

SSR Mining

Cyrus Capital Partners

Sheffield Resources Limited

GetSwift Limited

PRP Diagnostic Imaging

Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd

Alfred Medical Imaging

Pepper Group

Bank of Queensland

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Jones Day focuses on M&A in the energy sector, in addition to advising clients on financing transactions, legislative and policy issues, joint ventures and commercial agreements. It is also a popular choice for clients involved in disputes regarding the competition aspects of M&A transactions, in which it acts for claimants and defendants. Brisbane partner Andrew Smith tends to advise clients on downstream issues, project infrastructure, financing and acquisitions and disposals. In Sydney, Tony Wassaf is a standout partner, known for advising clients on various aspects of mining pipeline and energy projects, including project financing, regulatory issues and foreign investment laws.

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Andrew Smith

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Testimonials

Tony Wassaf suits me perfectly: he is always available, avoids long detailed advices where they are not necessary and provides prompt, insightful, accurate guidance. He does not waste my time and his in trying to sell me services that I do not want or need which is a distinguishing feature from some other professional advisers.’

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Canadian Solar Pty Limited

Alinta Energy

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 4

The labour and employment team at Jones Day is part of the firm's global network placing it in good stead to advise both national and international corporations on M&A and outsourcing transactions. Another specialism of the team is dealing with executive-level issues such as terminations and retention issues as well as restraints, unfair dismissals and investigations of misconduct. Handling industrial espionage and the theft of information from technology companies is also part of the group’s offering. The team is headed up by Perth-based Adam Salter who has a wide-ranging practice across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

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Cyrus Capital Partners

PRP Diagnostic Imaging

Alfred Medical Imaging Pty Limited

Ansarada NewCo Pty Ltd.

Sheffield Resources Limited

MAAS Group Holdings Limited

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Headquartered in Brisbane, Jones Day advises government bodies, major oil companies, developers and financial institutions in connection with M&A, financing transactions, foreign investment laws and commercial agreements, particularly in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Andrew Smith (Brisbane) focuses primarily on downstream issues, project financing, acquisitions, and disposals, primarily in the context of coal, oil and gas and electricity projects. Tony Wassaf (Sydney) is very invested in the mining industry, having advised numerous clients on legislative and policy issues, joint ventures and corporate transactions.

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Andrew Smith

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‘Tony Wassaf is an exceptional lawyer. His advice is commercially sound and outcome directed.’

‘The complimentary webinars are interesting and useful.’

Key clients

SSR Mining Inc.

Sheffield Resources Ltd

Wanguo International Mining Group Limited

Big Ben Holdings Pty Limited

Rehabit Solar Pty Ltd

Energy & Minerals Group Fund

Cress Power Pty Ltd

Hydro Tasmania

Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by US corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 US offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Europe and Middle East: Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
US offices:
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Europe and Middle East offices:
Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan